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Attractions and Recreation

Attractions and Recreation

Beaver Dam and the surrounding area are home to a number of annual events, including:

• Chamber Annual Dinner/Business & Citizen of the Year Recognition – 4th Wednesday in January

• Cabin Fever Fest! – Last Saturday & Sunday of January

• Sportsman’s Show – Fourth Wednesday of February & September

• Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast – First Sunday in March

• Election Candidates Forums – Fourth Wednesday in March and/or 4th Wednesday of October

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• Nancy’s Notions Sewing Exposition – First weekend in May

• Leadercast – Second Friday in May

• Senior Expo – Third Wednesday of May

• Race Into Summer Festival – Sunday of Memorial Day weekend

• Memorial Day Parade – Memorial Day

• Must-Skis Ski Team Shows on Beaver Dam Lake – Sunday evenings throughout the Summer

• Taste of Wisconsin – Third Saturday in June (Saturday before Father’s Day)

• Swan City Classic Car Show – Father’s Day

• Lake Days – Thursday through Sunday after Independence Day

• A Day in the Park Craft Fair – Second Sunday in July


• Corn Roast – First Thursday of August

• Dodge County Fair – Third Wednesday in August through the following Sunday

• Cache & Release! – Saturday before Labor Day weekend

• Beaver Dam Pepper Festival – Second Saturday of September

• Badger Game Tailgate Party – An Away Game for the Wisconsin Badgers

• Midwest Cream Cheese Competition – Saturday before Thanksgiving

• Wine & Cheese Tasting – Saturday before Thanksgiving

• Economic Update Luncheon – Fourth Wednesday in November

• Holiday Parade – First Saturday in December

Locals and visitors enjoy golfing, hiking, biking, swimming, water skiing, boating, fishing, waterfowl hunting and other outdoor sports throughout the spring, summer and autumn. Winter brings ice fishing, snowmobiling, ice-skating, cross-country skiing and tobogganing. Within an hour of Beaver Dam there are at least four Wisconsin ski hills. The Beaver Dam Family Center & Ice Arena provides an ice skating facility year round, used by local youth hockey organizations, the Beaver Dam High School Hockey Team, Swan City Skaters, and for “open” skating sessions for the community, with ice skate rentals available.

The Beaver Dam Raceway (located just east of the U.S. Highway 151 and State Highway 33 interchange) provides racing enthusiasts with exciting dirt track racing action that includes sprint cars, midgets, late models and more. The track operates from May through October, hosting special racing events throughout the season. Racing is held every Saturday during the season, beginning at 6:30 p.m. On Tuesday nights during the season the track is used for Go Kart racing.

The Dodge County Fairgrounds, just east of Beaver Dam, is home to the Dodge County Fair which is held the third week of August. The Dodge County Fair was once known as the “greatest” county fair in the nation, with trainloads of people from major Midwestern cities coming to Beaver Dam each year.

Another summer pastime is the free entertainment provided by the Beaverland Must-Skis ski team, which performs just off Tahoe Park on Beaver Dam Lake most Sunday evenings and some Friday nights. Shows run from the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend to the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. The Must-Skis is an award-winning, family-oriented organization that hosts local clinics, and regional tournaments and competitions. Both locals as well as visitors are invited to watch the spectacular shows during Beaver Dam’s annual Lake Days celebration each year. Children through adults of all ages are invited to participate in the Learn to Ski clinics.

Beaver Dam’s Community Activities and Services Department provides a wide range of activities for adults and youth, from preschoolers to our active seasoned citizens. Annual programs include outdoor activities in municipal parks and on school district athletic fields. Indoor activities are held in various facilities with some programs coordinated with the local YMCA. Senior Center programs include a spring Greenhouse, a year round Wood Shop including the manufacture of bird and bat houses, weekly card games and much more.

The YMCA of Dodge County offers year round athletic and recreational opportunities for the whole family. The current Y facility, which opened in September 2007, is 67,000-square-foot recreation playground. It includes an athletic center, basketball gymnasium, racquetball courts, swimming complex with an Olympic style pool and a separate water park, and recreational acreage for soccer, baseball and other outdoor sports.

Tower Lanes, the area’s only bowling facility, offers year round leagues as well as open bowling time, daily. Two quality golf courses provide golf enthusiasts with hours of recreation.

The Beaver Dam Country Club is located just north of the city on Highway 33, along Beaver Dam Lake’s eastern shore. The Par 72, 6,000-yard course was designed in the mid-1960s and offers small elevated greens, mature trees and well-placed bunkers. In addition to the beautifully landscaped 18-hole course, the Beaver Dam Country Club has facilities that include a full-service banquet hall, capable of hosting two events simultaneously. Old Hickory Golf Club is located just east of the city and the interchange of Highways 33 and 151, on Highway 33. Established in 1920, it is one of Wisconsin’s most mature and memorable golf courses. Old Hickory offers a 7,000-yard, 18-hole golf course, that also has banquet facilities, updated in 2014 for events of all types.

Beaver Dam Lake offers year-round recreational opportunities. Three of the city’s lakeside parks offer boat ramps to launch water craft of all sizes for a nominal fee. Fishing, skiing and boating are popular recreation for three seasons each year. Each autumn the lake is a popular backdrop for waterfowl hunters. In the winter, Beaver Dam Lake is home to ice shanties for ice fishing weekends and ice skating for youth and adults alike.

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